Anastrozole News

So in light of the recent update on Anastrozole being prescribed as a preventative method for certain post menopausal Women, as in the recent news, I wonder if people like me who took it for 5 years and stopped over a year ago should now be prescribed ir again?

Hi Alibobs

Thank you for your post.

As you’ve heard, the recent announcement means that anastrozole is now licensed to be given to women who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer because of their family history.

For those people like yourself who have previously been treated for primary breast cancer and been recommended to take a hormone therapy (e.g. anastrozole), the length of time this is taken for depends on each person’s individual situation and risk of their breast cancer coming back (recurrence).

People being treated for primary breast cancer will usually take anastrozole for 5 to 10 years. Current guidelines recommend that extended hormone therapy (beyond five years) with an aromatase inhibitor might be considered for postmenopausal women with oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer who are at higher risk of their breast cancer coming back.

As you’ve previously completed taking anastrozole for five years you can speak to your treatment team or GP about your individual situation. They will be able to discuss your individual risk of a recurrence and the length of your individual hormone therapy treatment.

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